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Reflection :: The toll of Leadership and an year of being self employed

I have been very fortunate to be in leadership roles for 8 years now, ranging from Team Leadership, mentoring, to leading a practice (business line) of extremely competent Testers. It has been in the top 3 fulfilling experiences of my professional & persona l life. Seeing individuals succeed with (some of) your assistance, advise and … Continue reading Reflection :: The toll of Leadership and an year of being self employed

Organisational QA/Testing smells

https://tenor.com/search/the-rock-smell-gifs On the lines of "Code smells" , QA/Testing related smells in my experience, fall into these 4 broad categories (of root cause(s)) Apathy - Disregard for Testing as a function/craftHubris - Talent or position driven blindspots that lead towards flawed decision makingIgnorance - No one has shown them how to do better or Team … Continue reading Organisational QA/Testing smells

Quick starter – Web automation using Playwright

Playwright is a (relatively) new kid on the block, joining several others kids already on the block, that are the JavaScript based automation frameworks. I learnt about it from a mention on Twitter and thought to give it a whirl. This post is purely meant to be a sketchy guide on getting started with it … Continue reading Quick starter – Web automation using Playwright

Lessons learnt from a POC to automate Salesforce Lightning UI

My recent client work has been on testing a migration(data & business processes) to Salesforce CRM platform. As part of Test execution, I took the initiative to build a POC to exercise automation of Salesforce both by interacting with the Lightning UI and the APEX Salesforce API interface. This post is to share the hurdles … Continue reading Lessons learnt from a POC to automate Salesforce Lightning UI

Pen Testing reconnaissance 101 : Using NMap,Tor and ProxyChains

Learning objective : How can you perform reconnaissance on a remote target to check which ports are unsecured for possible exposure to network attacks? Step 1: Create or choose an off the shelf Network Port scanner. Based on my research and talking to more experienced peers in this space, I choose Nmap ( https://nmap.org/) , … Continue reading Pen Testing reconnaissance 101 : Using NMap,Tor and ProxyChains

There will always be a job for you , if,

Stop sweating over whether <insert latest tech trend> will take your job away, rather focus on getting better @ Learning new tools and practices with curiosity Putting Team outcomes before individual outcomes Sharing your knowledge Improving your facilitation skills Improving your public speaking Learning to build persuasive  business cases Writing code every day Volunteering in … Continue reading There will always be a job for you , if,

Failure is good, it is an actual option, take it

  Since childhood (or the time when we were all artists) , we have been programmed to perceive failure as a non-viable option. Something that needs to be avoided , dreaded and is socially unacceptable "If you fail at <x> exam, you will end up being a failure in life" , constraints like this are … Continue reading Failure is good, it is an actual option, take it